Arsenal ‘tried in every possible way to replace Alexandre Lacazette with Tammy Abraham’ before the former Chelsea striker joined Roma with the Frenchman in the final year of his contract
- Arsenal were interested in signing Tammy Abraham during the summer
- The England international ended up joining Jose Mourinho at Serie A side Roma
- Alexandre Lacazette has entered the final year of his contract at the Gunners
- The Frenchman has scored 66 goals since joining the club back in 2017
There is some doubt over Alexandre Lacazette’s future at the club after the club reportedly tried to replace him during the summer transfer window.
The Gunners were heavily linked with a £34m move for Tammy Abraham before the England international left Chelsea to join Jose Mourinho at Roma.
Lacazette meanwhile has entered the final year of his contract and there is a strong possibility he could leave the club at the end of the season.
Alexandre Lacazette’s Arsenal future is in doubt with his contract expiring next summer
Mikel Arteta was keen to sign a striker and Fabrizio Romano on the Here We Go podcast stated they ‘tried in every possible way’ to sign Abraham.
He said: ‘They (Arsenal) were trying to convince the player (Abraham) and to take his time before joining Roma because they were looking to sell maybe Lacazette or maybe Eddie Nketiah to have a free slot for a new striker with Tammy Abraham.
‘They were really interested, in talks with the agent, but they were prepared to make a proposal. But they were needing to sell a striker before signing Tammy Abraham.
The Gunners were keen on signing Tammy Abraham before he left Chelsea for Roma
‘They were really, really pushing and pushing, they were trying in every possible way.
‘So, Arsenal were really convinced that they had a chance to sign Tammy Abraham but in football it is not easy to change the mind of the players.’
Lacazette joined Arsenal from Lyon back in 2017 for a massive £46.5m fee.
There is said to be some belief within the club that the Frenchman hasn’t lived up to the fee they paid despite scoring 66 goals in 172 appearances.
Last season the 30-year-old was in fact their top scorer having scored 17 goals in all competitions.
Lacazette missed the first two games of this season after a positive Covid-19 test but made a 31 minute cameo in their last outing during a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City.
Abraham meanwhile has started two games in the Serie A with Roma, scoring his first goal for the club in a 4-0 victory over Salernitana.
Lacazette was Arsenal’s top scorer in all competitions last season scoring 17 goals